Accession Number : ADA262103
Title : Observations and Evaluations of a Far East Trip
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB WATERTOWN MA MATERIALS DIRECTORATE
Personal Author(s) : Wang, Wego
Report Date : Dec 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 18
Abstract : To evaluate the technological capability of Far East countries, the author attended the first Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing in China, and visited Nippon Steel and several universities. China is an old country with a glorious history in technology. She recently re-established her diplomatic relationship with western countries. Attendance at this conference provided an opportunity to communicate with Chinese scientists and evaluate their capability and progress. The average Chinese scientific capability still lags behind most western countries. However, as a nation China is comparable with most industrialized countries on an absolute scale. The percentage of college educated engineers in China is relatively low, but the total number is very high compared with many other countries. During this trip, it was observed that their scientists are studying almost every important materials science topic at several national key institutes. China should become one of the leading countries in science and technology in the future. Nippon Steel is the largest steel-making company in Japan. It has one of the most up-to-date research facilities in the world and is conducting leading edge research in materials science. The visit to Nippon Steel established a preliminary contact with their scientists, and mutually-beneficial collaboration in Titanium-based alloy programs is planned. The visits to three universities in China, Hong Kong and Japan provided the author a unique opportunity to compare and evaluate their education systems and research capability. Potential collaborations are also being discussed.
Descriptors : *MATERIALS , *FAR EAST , NATIONS , EDUCATION , OBSERVATION , STEEL , SCALE , ENGINEERS , UNIVERSITIES , INTERNATIONAL , HONG KONG , SCIENTISTS , CHINA , NUMBERS , LEADING EDGES , TITANIUM , HISTORY , JAPAN , ALLOYS , PROCESSING , TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
Subject Categories : Geography
Metallurgy and Metallography
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE